Join us for a discussion of contemporary drawing, as seen in TRACES | Fantasy Worlds & Tales of Truth, on at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria from January 18 – April 13, 2013. This artist talk will feature Canadian artist Alison Norlen.
Alison Norlen grew up in Kenora, Ontario, and moved to Winnipeg at seventeen to become a barber. While working in a traditional barbershop, she took art classes at the University of Manitoba, eventually obtaining a BFA Honours degree. She then went on to complete an MFA at Yale University. Norlen returned to Canada and taught at the University of Manitoba for ten years before moving to Saskatoon, where she continues her artistic practice and teaches at the University of Saskatchewan.
Like the work of all good storytellers, the artists in this exhibition captivate the viewer with their imagined worlds informed by eerily familiar narratives. Through each artist’s distinct vision of humanity, these illusory spaces—in some cases haunted by either memory or mythology—reflect back to us ugliness, despair, complexity, beauty, opulence, and frivolity. What distinguishes the work of Daniel Barrow, Alison Norlen, and Ed Pien is not just that they use drawing as their primary means of creation for these stories, but that they push the parameters and possibilities of what drawing can be by testing its material, spatial, and thematic considerations.
The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria is excited to offer a rigorous course of special events and programs in affiliation with this exhibition, starting with our Winter Season Opening on January 18 and extending through February and March including artist talks, drop in tours and a series of workshops led by Montreal artist-group the Mere Phantoms. Visit www.aggv.ca for full details.
Tickets: Included with Gallery admission. Adult $13 // Senior/Student $11 // Youth $2.50 // Family (2 adults + youth) $28 // Child Free // Member: Free